Ronald Ahlström

American, 1922 - 2012


Ronald Ahlström was born in Chicago, IL in 1922. During World War II, he fought in the Pacific Theater serving as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army. After the war, he returned to Chicago to study painting at the School of the Art Institute. In the early 1960s, Ahlström worked as the curator at the Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma, WA. A talented painter and artist, Alhström also was a noted bass fiddler and guitarist. He often played professionally in night clubs during the late 1940s and ‘50s. Ahlström exhibited his artwork nationally, including shows at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., among others. In 1958, he was awarded the William H. Bartels Prize of five hundred dollars at the Art Institute of Chicago. Ahlström became best recognized for his intricate and subtly rendered abstract compositions that often integrated painting, drawing and collage. He died at the age of 90 in Chicago in 2012.

  • Untitled (Abstraction)
    Acrylic, ink, charcoal and collage on board
    24 x 24 inches

    Signed Ahlstrom and stamped with initials, lower right.

    #11338
  • Untitled (Abstraction), 1970-1971
    Acrylic, ink, charcoal and collage on canvas
    26 x 26 inches

    Signed Ronald Ahlstrom, lower right; signed and dated on reverse.

    #11094
  • Untitled (Abstraction)
    Acrylic, ink and collage on canvas board
    24 x 18 inches

    Signed Ahlstrom and stamped with initials, lower right; signed on reverse.

    #11088
  • Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1960s
    Acrylic and collage on canvas board
    16 x 20 inches

    Signed Ahlstrom, upper right; signed on reverse

    #17024
  • Untitled (Abstraction), 1966/1969
    Acrylic, ink and collage on board
    8 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches

    Signed Ronald Ahlström and dated 1969, lower right; signed and dated 1966 on reverse.

    #14927
  • Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1960s
    Acrylic, ink, charcoal and collage on board
    12 1/4 x 15 1/4 inches

    Signed Ahlstrom and stamped lower right; signed on reverse.

    #11087
  • Black and Tan
    Acrylic, ink and collage on board
    12 x 36 inches

    Signed Ahlstrom and stamped with initials, lower right; signed and titled on reverse.

    #11092
  • Untitled (Abstraction)
    Acrylic, ink and collage on Masonite
    12 x 36 inches

    Signed Ahlstrom and stamped with initials, lower right; signed on reverse.

    #11091

Ronald Ahlström was born in Chicago, IL in 1922. During World War II, he fought in the Pacific Theater serving as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army. After the war, he returned to Chicago to study painting at the School of the Art Institute. In the early 1960s, Ahlström worked as the curator at the Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma, WA. A talented painter and artist, Alhström also was a noted bass fiddler and guitarist. He often played professionally in night clubs during the late 1940s and ‘50s. Ahlström exhibited his artwork nationally, including shows at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., among others. In 1958, he was awarded the William H. Bartels Prize of five hundred dollars at the Art Institute of Chicago. Ahlström became best recognized for his intricate and subtly rendered abstract compositions that often integrated painting, drawing and collage. He died at the age of 90 in Chicago in 2012.

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